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>> good morning. i'm dave clark. it is a cold friday. >> yes. >> steve paulson is over here and he will tell you how the sky is getting color out there. >> a few high clouds coming in. but it will be cold this morning. the clouds will be on the increase over the next couple of days. no rain. if it is, it will be up north and light. it will bring the lows up a little bit. it is cold enough for the weather service to say we will extend the freeze warning from 7:00 a.m. to # a.m. rightfully so. there are many, many 20s. although a little breeze has saved a few. fairfield in the upper 20s. upper 20s in novato. napa, 29. that is napa airport. oakland airport was down to 35. half moon bay is 39. san jose, 36. american first would like you to know, i'm freezing my -- off. issac, i suggest you put long johns on or something. that is cold. 29 in -- that is actually good.
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>> it is. >> 29 in petaluma. tiburon is 39. 39 in tiburon. wow. 38 in point reyes. i hit the wall here. i almost did a -- [laughter] >> 29 occidental. graton at 28 degrees. it is cold for everybody here. the higher clouds are moving in. over time, i think enough will spill in. this will moderate the lows from getting as cold. no rain associated with that. temperatures though in the 50s. all right, sal. 7:01. we've come to the conclusion, right. >> yeah. >> i have come to the conclusion that between and you me, we are going to be in the boss' office after the show this morning. just kidding, everyone. >> i hope so. >> let's take a look at the commute now on 80 westbound. it looks pretty good. and steve and i have been saying and this is a rather serious point, you are driving on roads that are a little more wide open so you should be more
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careful. people are driving faster and when crashes happen, they tend to be more serious. be careful over the holiday weekend. it looks good from the carquinez bridge to the macarthur maze. at the bay bridge, not much of a commute at all. a lot of people are going but a lot of people have the day off. this is 880 in oakland. we're seeing good commutes. even when there have been crashes, they have been moved to the shoulder and haven't caused any slow traffic really. this will be the pattern from now to after the new year. unless something bad happens on your commute. we won't have a typical commute next week either. 7:02. back to the desk. >> a lot of people are trying to get home or away for the holidays. according to aaa, san francisco could be the most grid locked city in america this holiday season. >> can you believe that? we want to get you to where you're going safely. leigh martinez is in pleasant hill with this busy travel
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period. good morning, leigh. >> reporter: that's right. aaa is saying that your commute today could take twice as long as a typical bay area rush hour commute. you're looking at 680 south right now. traffic is moving. it is moving pretty well. but you are seeing quite a few lights out there. and today will likely match yesterday as the busiest travel days for the christmas holiday season. check out the video that we have of the evening rush hour on the bay bridge on thursday. brace yourself for a repeat of that again tonight. it looks like a lot of heavy holiday travel as soon as people leave for work today. chp is having their maximum enforcement patrols beginning at 6:00 p.m. gas prices are higher than last year. but that is just not stopping people from traveling. in fact travel has increased year after year. you are advised to get on the
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road early or wait just after the morning rush hour to start your holiday commute. now, if you can wait to drive on christmas day, now, that will be your best bet for avoiding other drivers on the road. so, again, you're taking a look at 680 south. we are seeing the morning commute. again, you're advised by aaa, if you can wait until after this traffic, this morning's rush hour, that will be a good time to hit the road. again, wait until christmas day. that will be the time that you won't see anybody else out on the road. they are warning you -- we're also getting warnings from the fire department down in southern california, if you are traveling to southern california for the holiday, they do still have wildfires going. they advise you to just plan an alternate route. always check to see what exactly the activity is in the area. plan ahead for that just to be on the safe side. back to you guys. >> thank you, leigh martinez in
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pleasant hill. here is what you will have to pay on average to fill up your car. aaa says the average in san francisco is $3.25. in oakland, drivers are paying about $3.11. in san jose, it is about $3.08. today is expected to be one of the busiest air travel days. we will look at airports across the country. oakland international is expected to see a 7% increase in passengers over last year. oakland is certainly not alone. airports across the bay area are expecting huge crowds today. aaa says 6.4 million americans are expected to pass through airports this holiday season. that is expected to be the busiest on record. sfo had their busiest day yesterday but more crowds are expected today. they estimate 168,000 passengers went through the airport. that's about the population of
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berkeley, emryville and albany combined. the big crowds led to serious lines. >> it went all the way to the back. how many people would you say? a thousand people waiting in line. i don't know. >> usually it is like a breeze at san francisco airport. they've got us moving now. we will see how it goes. >> for those traveling by car, the highway patrol is reminding drivers to be careful this holiday season. the chp of course is doing the holiday crackdown. maximum enforcement starts tonight at 6:00. they want to get drivers to where they need to go in a safe manner. 76 people were killed in car crashes across the state last holiday. tsa expects 40 million people to go through security check points this holiday season. tsa is using overtime and extra hours for part-time agents to fill the positions and they are using k-9 teams to speed up
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security lines. the time is 7:06. we're keeping an eye on washington. we're waiting for president trump to sign that landmark republican tax overhaul bill. officials are indicating that he may sign it before he leaves washington to go to florida to his estate. he is due to fly to palm beach, florida in a couple minutes. the white house announced moments ago he is delaying his trip until the next hour. the tax overhaul is considered the first major legislative achievement for trump and the republicans since he took office. in the meantime, congress passed another stop gap spending bill that will keep the deposit from shutting down today. some democrats from republican- leaning states joined republican lawmakers in approving that spending bill if they had not, most federal agencies would have run out of money and would have shut down at midnight tonight. this temporary spending bill gives short-term funding for the chip program that provides medical care to almost 9
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million low-income children and adds money for the pentagon and for veterans. the debate about this was brief but passionate for the spending bill, also known for cr, continuing resolution. >> let's call it cr for what it is. a chaotic retreat from rational regular order and fiscal responsibility. >> play politics on tax cuts. call it whatever you want to call it. play politics on all of the other legislation that comes to this floor. but if i can request one thing, please don't do it here. >> now, the bill did not address a lot of issues that the democrats wanted to settle before the new year; including extending protection for undocumented immigrants under the daca program, the deferred action for childhood arrivals program which will expire in march. an investigation into several suspicious fires in antioch. at 7:30, we will tell you where
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they happened and the search underway for whoever started them. recovery efforts following the terrible north bay fire. what could be done in the neighborhoods hardest hit. good morning. we do have traffic that is obviously lighter on some commutes. although this commute here, highway 4, has been a little bit marred by an earlier stalled vehicle. a little slow coming over the hill. well, it is still cold enough. a few high clouding are coming in but not before the freeze warning was extended to 9:00. we will look at the temps that are quite cold. a pretty sunrise for those listening, not watching.
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>> the time is 7:11. in ventura county, officials have lifted most of the evacuation fires from the thomas fire. it drove 100,000 people from their homes at the height of
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the fire. only a remote wilderness valley is under evacuation fire. it is the second largest wildfire in california's history. officials say it is on the verge of becoming the largest fire ever in california. the wildfire is responsible for two deaths and the destruction of 750 homes. pg&e is making progress in fire ravaged communities in the north bay. all of the power lines in coffey park will be restored today. construction crews have installed the poles and transformers in the santa rosa neighborhood that lost an estimated 1,000 homes during the tubbs fire that started back on october 9th. pg&e crews are building temporary overhead power lines in the mark west springs estates where power should be back on after the new year. california is asking insurance companies to relax some of their rules when determining the amount of property losses they will cover. homeowners who have lost everything in the fires are complaining they have been force today put down all of items they lost in a detailed
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inventory list. that is difficult and time consuming. the state insurance commission wants that requirement to be waived while speeding up the payout to claims. while congress took action to prevent a government shutdown last night, it did not pass the disaster aid pill that among other things would have happened california wildfire victims. the measure cleared the house but stalled in the senate despite i am passioned speeches from delegates representing those states. >> it was the costliest disaster this year and may well prove the costliest natural disaster in u.s. history. >> we need washington to act on the pressing needs of houstonians. it needs to flow down to the local communities. >> republicans didn't like the
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spending with no plan to offset the cost. democrats say the measure was not enough. the time is now 7:13. last night, san francisco's chinese community held a vigil for late mayor ed lee in portsmouth square. >> that was a loud thank you to the mayor. this was a chance for the chinese immigrants and senior citizens that were helped by mayor lee to celebrate his life and legacy. >> ed was definitely a role model. you know, ed was a friend. ed was, you know, a mentor and just as a young attorney coming up and trying to do right by the community. >> in his quiet, humble way, he was able to bring the city together, to focus on the issues and not on the politics. >> the people at the vigil were sad but their spirits are
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lifted by ed lee's legacy of hope and community activism. the mayor will be buried here in the bay area, not seattle where he was born and where his mother still lives. they plan to bury his ashes at cypress lawn memorial park. the family released a statement, thanking everyone for their support. thank you so much to everyone who reached out to our family with condolences, memories and a shoulder of support in recent days. this has been one of the most difficult times of our lives and your flowers, cards, tributes, prayers and donations in ed lee's name have meant so much to us. on ktvu.com, you will find video from ed lee's celebration of life. plus we look back at the late mayor's career in politics. scroll down to the ed lee section on the home page. the time is 7:15. it is a cold morning. and the bay area freeze
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warnings have been extended until 9 a.m. steve has been telling you about. the temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s so far this morning. the national weather service says the freeze warning in effect in the inland locations and right along the san francisco bayshore line. and relief shelters are opening up here in the bay area because it is so cold. that includes warming centers in san jose. san jose is turning a dance studio at the roosevelt community center into four warming centers. they will be opening overnight through next tuesday because temperatures will be dropping to 40 degrees or lower. at 7:16, not everyone going to work today, sal. some people may be getting a jump on the holiday travel. you are seeing some people on the roads. >> that's right. i think the afternoon commute is going to be a tough one for people getting out of town. the morning commute is not much. i don't think a lot of people are going to work. they're traveling. they're going to the airport, the train station this
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afternoon or in the evening. right now, highway 4, we had a stalled vehicle. that's why traffic is a little slow. but once they got that vehicle off the roadway, traffic is recovering rather quickly. so that is what happens when volume is lighter. it is not completely light as you can see. but it is much better than normal. 18 minutes. we haven't moved from that time from the carquinez bridge to the macarthur maze. and the bay bridge toll plaza doesn't have a lot of slow traffic. so, again, it continues to be a lighter morning commute. but this afternoon, we will get a lot of people on the road, trying to get away for the holidays. 7:17. let's bring in steve with today's cold start. >> yes, sir. no doubt about it. thank you, sal. a lot of 20s for temps. a few high clouds are coming in. the freeze warning has been extended to 9:00. it is cold enough. i don't know. the coldest place is sunnyvale. sunnyvale department of safety. how cold is that? i'm glad i'm not in sunnyvale this morning. that looks too cold for me.
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jessica says not to be dramatic. go ahead be dramatic. but my wet hair froze walking from my front door to my car. freeze warning again as we mentioned goes until 9:00. there are many 20s. although a little hint of a breeze has kicked in for a few and the clouds coming in. the lows have start today come up a teeny bit. fairfield was 26. 39, half moon bay. sunnyvale and san jose at 36 degrees. 36 in pittsburgh. brentwood at 33. upper 20s in alamo, san ramon, dublin in there. and all 30s for el cerrito, pinole at 35. the biggest drop has been up towards napa county and solano county and the east bay as well. minus 17 degrees this morning compared to yesterday. they lost the north wind. that's why. minus 15 at livermore airport. you can see the higher clouds coming over the top.
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the easterly breeze, instead of the north wind which held the peninsula temps up yesterday, not only the peninsula but the solano county temps were held up. now it is southeast. that brings the cold air back in. 32 in fresno. fresno dropped to 29 this morning. 31 in santa barbara. speaking of southern california, they have the easterly component. they can't get away from that. another red flag warning has been issued. there is also a freeze warning embedded in that round. a red flag warning continues all the way down to l.a. for high fire danger. that's not the whole month. 7 in flagstaff. las vegas, 34. 43 in san diego. that's cold. the higher clouds will continue to be on the move in the next couple of days. over time, that will bring our lows up. i'm not thinking there is any rain with it. the high clouds are it. mostly cloudy over the weekend. the rain looks like it stays well to the north. that will be very light. after monday, christmas, then
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we look for nothing. we may have to wait until january before we think about rain. 50s on the temps here. it looks like temperatures will warm up, if you will. and then they start to drop off rapidly. each day the highs will come up a little bit and the lows will as well, gasia. >> thank you, steve. just into the news room, president trump's new tweet that says he will be signing the biggest ever tax cut and reform bill in 30 minutes in the oval office. he also says we will be signing a much needed $4 billion missile defense bill. this tweet coming in the past several minutes. we expect that to happen before the 8:00 hour. get ready for the malls to be packed this weekend. up next, what two major retailers are doing to make sure that you get your shopping done in time for christmas. really?
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this. if you want to accepted us a song for christmas music, use the hashtag #ktvu and i will try to get your song on. >> all right, sal. >> if you still have christmas shopping to do, there are a few stores that will be open around the clock for you shoppers. dave clark. >> yes. >> kohl's will be open 24 hours until 6:00 on christmas eve. toys r us will be open around the clock until 9:00 p.m. on christmas eve. i'll see you out there, dave clark. i have a couple things to go. the national retail federation says 126 million people in addition to the two of us will be out shopping. the question of the day to you is what do you enjoy most about the holidays? spending time with family. >> yes. >> giving and receiving gifts. >> yes. >> shopping deals. >> yes. >> or maybe you don't really like the holidays. >> yeah. no. that's not true. >> let us know what you think. vote on the ktvu twitter page and ktvu.com. if there is something else that you enjoy about this time of
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year, let us know. tweet us or put your comments on facebook. all right. the time is 7:24. police in concord in the meantime still searching for a gunman who robbed a goodwill store on monday night. it happened around 8:30. the man hid inside of the store until after it closed and pulled a gun on three employees. he stole an undisclosed amount of money and ran out the back door. those employees were not hurt. >> it sets us back. every dollar that we make at a goodwill store helps us put people to work in the community through the job training and job placement programs. >> police say the robber was a white man between 40 and 50 years old. he had a thin build. he was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket and gray hat. if you have any information, call concord police. an oakland man is accused of sending two mail bombs. we will share a mug shot of
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ross gordon from a previous arrest in 2015. he was arraigned in federal court yesterday on one count of mailing an explosive device with intent to injure or kill. that injured a man in east palo alto in october. an identical mail bomb was sent to an officer on bay farm island. the officer was at work so his wife opened the package and suffered hearing loss and minor burns when it exploded. investigators say the alameda officer interviewed him in 2013 as part of a drug and burglary case. the time is 7:26. do you remember how we told you that apple fessed up to slowing down some of the older iphones? now they're facing lawsuits. we will tell you about it coming up. >> reporter: a series of fires in antioch overnight. now authorities are looking for whoever is starting them. good morning. traffic is actually going to be lighter than usual today.
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a couple of exceptions. highway 4 was a little bit slow. but that is recovering after some earlier issues. and it is colder than usual this morning. no doubt about it. 20s and 30s. but higher clouds are beginning to move in, which may take the edge off us getting any colder.
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>> nelson used to work here. he is now retired. nelson, you have to wait until 10:00 to get out there and play. thank you, michael, for that. a freeze warning extended until 9:00 in the morning. it was supposed to end at 7:00. there is still plenty of 20s and 30s and temperatures below freezing. should have been there since 2:00 in the morning. 29 woodside. los altos in there as well. 34, foster city. atherton at 30. palo alto in the upper 20s as well. minus 17 at fairfield compared to this time yesterday.
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livermore is 15 degrees cooler. napa airport, 12. you lose the northerly breeze. the higher clouds are on the increase. that north wind has been replaced with an east/southeast breeze. unfortunately southern california is still dealing with the offshore wind. it is cold down there as well. but that red flag warning continues. all right. 7:31. and sal tells us that things are quiet or is there something there. >> no. things are quiet. >> okay. >> that is good. just because things are quiet this morning, it may not be that way this afternoon as people will be getting away, maybe going out of town for christmas. and they will be driving according to aaa. a lot of people will be driving nationwide over the holiday weekend. let's look at what we have with 80 westbound. still about a 20-minute drive between the carquinez bridge and the maze. remember, at some points during a regular commute, this could be an hour drive or even more. so far it is looking good.
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bay bridge, not a big backup getting into san francisco at all. the metering lights have not gone on today. lighter traffic this morning but there will be traffic this afternoon. might even see congestion around the malls. as you look at the maps here, we don't see a lot of slow traffic. just a little bit here and there. sometimes there are crashes, a couple of small slowdowns with that happens but not a lot of volume out there. back to the desk. >> thank you, sal. we will look at the top stories of the hour. president trump says he will sign the tax bill in a matter of minutes. he tweeted that he is going to sign the landmark legislation at 7:40 our time this morning. s he is delaying his trip to florida by an hour for the signing. democrats say it slashes corporate taxes while not doing enough for middle and low- income families. many bay area roads will be congested today as people begin their christmas weekend. the mac mum enforcement period
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for chp begins at 6:00 tonight. aaa predicts that 107 million americans will travel during the holiday. holiday travel has been up for nine straight years. to the east bay where several suspicious fires in antioch are being investigated as arson. they started last night within minutes of each other. christien kafton is in antioch. this is the third time that the building behind you has burned. >> reporter: yeah. that's right. certainly looking very suspicious. we're here at acacia cremation and burial site. they have moved the business. there have already been two suspicious fires here, one in june and one in october. it prompted the business to close its doors here and move to another location. this is just the latest of a series of fire going back months at an accelerated pace. crews responded to the first fire in the neighborhood last night. while they were on their way to a series of fires on mcdill a
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few blocks away, they received calls about six separate fires. at the time it appears that all of the buildings were abandoned. that may be why no one was injured. all of the fires started within minutes of one another. >> we have no reports of injuries and the investigators are looking into the cause of the fires at this point. we believe that all of the fires are likely set fires. so we are investigating them as arsons. >> reporter: yeah. we have talked with neighbors here in the area. they tell us that they believe that this is the work of either a serial arsonist or a series of arsonists. there have been a series of fires here. one in a dumpster at a florist and a fire at a church. to give you a sense, those buildings are just up a street from where we are standing right now.
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as one of those people was taking eyewitness video here at the scene, i could hear in the background them saying, quote, another fire here on a street. so certainly a lot of neighbors here concerned about what seems to be a series and an escalating series and accelerating series of arson. back to you. >> thank you, christien. the time is now 7:35. we have new information about yesterday morning's deadly freeway crash. we told you about it as breaking news. the man died when his car collided with a fedex big rig. it happened on interstate 880 near the coliseum yesterday. paramedics and firefighters tried to save his life. but he died there at the scene. the fedex truck overturned in the crash, causing major traffic jams. the chp closed all southbound lanes for about five hours so officers could investigate and the crews could clear the road again. the chp confirms there was also a third vehicle in the crash.
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so far they have given us no details about that other accident. the time is 7:35. well, police in santa rosa are searching for a man who stabbed another man last night at a restaurant. just before 6:30 last night, police responded to lol a's market. the market has a restaurant in it. now, police say this man captured on surveillance video got up from where he was sitting in the restaurant, walked over to the table where another man was sitting and stabbed him in the neck. police say the two men had not spoken to each other. and police don't know of a motive yet. the stabbing suspect ran away. again, take a look. the victim was taken to a hospital with a life threatening injury. if you have any information, call santa rosa police. a richmond police sergeant accused of firing shots inside of a san francisco hotel last sunday is set to appear in court this afternoon. phillip sanchez is facing felony gun charges. he was arrested after being accused of firing several shots
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in the four seasons. the off duty sergeant was acting strange before the shooting and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. no one was hurt by the gunfire. a teacher in concord for a program for disabled adults was arrested and accused for having sex with one of his students. he taught through the adult education program of mount diablo. the alleged victim is an adult with the mental capacity of a young teenager. gonzales was placed on administrative leave and is being held on bail. the san francisco symphony cutting its ties with famed conductor charles. he was accused of sexual assault. three opera singers and a classical musician says that they were sexually assaulted between 1985 and 2010. he was the artistic director and principal conductor of the royal philharmonic orchestra. the orchestra says he was released from his duties while
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these reports are being investigated. before the allegations, he was also scheduled to be a guest conductor for the san francisco symphony for two weeks in april. so far, he has not responded to the allegations. and berkeley police want your help. they want to find this man who is accused of attacking a female jogger earlier this month. these images were released of the suspect. investigators say he tried to grab the jogger along 9th street along hines avenue and aquatic park. a surveillance camera caught pictures of him as he ran away. police say the victim did not have to go to the hospital. iphone owner are suing apple over software that slows down older phones. wednesday apple admitted that it deliberately slowed down iphones to prevent unexpected shutdowns when the batteries were worn out. yesterday two iphone owners filed a lawsuit in los angeles saying they never consented for apple to slow down the older iphones. apple insisted it is not
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slowing them down for them to buy newer phones. a new battery for an iphone will cost $70. if you're a warriors fan, there's a warning for you. coming up at 8:00, why you need to be careful when you buy the game tickets. she will show you how a security guard for the raiders is carrying on the holiday tradition in oakland. and right now, we do have a nice looking drive around the bay area. not a lot of slow traffic. it is light in san jose right no, the 280 interchange. now higher clouds are coming in. it is still cold. we will look at the temps. we have the higher clouds. any rain? no, it doesn't look like it. bob, i don't know where this van is going,
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>> welcome back to mornings on 2. it is 7:42. today is the annual toy give away at sacred heart in san jose. it actually started yesterday with thousands of families picking out new toys and books. gifts will be given out to 6200 children. that's the plan. families signed up for this earlier this month. last night the organizers were still scrambling to get more donations. there are about 1500 toys short. >> the need is greater because we're seeing the rent keeps going up and very little is happening at the local level to help alleviate that. >> sacred heart also needs volunteers now and into next month. along with passing out the toys, the organizers are also holding a raffle to give away bicycles. there is a new santa bringing joy to children at the
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ferry land in oakland. paul chambers spoke with a man who says he is proud to wear the red suit and honor the man who did it before him for almost 20 years. >> reporter: it is that time ofa they are we all like to see santa. >> merry christmas. >> reporter: and here at children's ferry land in oakland, it is no different. children flock around the man in the red suit. >> it is all worth while it. i could do this every day all year round. >> reporter: when the santa isn't dressed, he looks more like this. eric martin is in his first full year as santa. the job used to belong to ron. but earlier he died and martin took his place. >> it is a blessing. to be able to honor ron in this wonderful way. >> reporter: although martin is a new black santa. >> i had to stop and shed a tear. it hit me, the power of santa claus. >> all right.
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>> reporter: he sees things a little differently. for him, playing santa is a way to bring different races and backgrounds together. >> give them a different perspective that santa isn't one way or one color. >> reporter: martin hopes that those that see him don't focus on the color of his skin but the message and the power that santa brings. >> i'm just santa claus. at the same time i have never seen a black santa or asian santa or hispanic santa. it is a special role. >> reporter: a role that martin takes pride in. for nine days, he dons the red suit. getting into it isn't an easy task. he needs a little help. once he is dressed and ready, that's when the real magic happens. >> you told me about a kid touching your skin. >> yeah. they were sitting there, a little boy three or four years old. and he was like are you real? and i was like i'm real. i'm real. it was so cute.
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>> reporter: although he only gets to play this role once a year, the smiles and joy he gets to see is well worth it. >> now, if you want to have an opportunity to see santa, he is here between 5:00 and 7:00 every day until saturday. in oakland, i'm paul chambers, ktvu fox 2 news. we would love to see your holiday photos. we ask that you share them with us on facebook. you can also tweet them to us on twitter by using the hashtag tvu. we will share them for you on christmas morning. if you have a picture you would like to share, share it. >> you are going to take tons of pictures. >> i'm in the baking phase right now. >> sal is busy watching our commute. not too bad right now, right? >> yeah. not too bad. >> okay. >> i'm looking up and seeing the traffic is doing pretty well. >> okay. >> as you drive around the bay area. i'm looking around for perhaps any sign of slow traffic. i haven't really found anything. this is the busiest commute normally and it seems to be one of the lightest today.
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if you are driving into san francisco, it looks good on this friday before christmas. i just have a feeling that a lot of people are not going into the office. they may be going somewhere else. don't lull yourself into this will be a no traffic kind of day. this evening i think it will be tough on the roads. maybe not as bad as yesterday. this is 101 in san francisco. yesterday evening it was pretty slow trying to get out of san francisco. san francisco to oakland commute took about an hour to drive that short distance. and they're is oakland, speaking of which, northbound traffic is moving along okay. past the coliseum. a lot of the commutes have been lighter than usual. the san mateo bridge looks pretty good and the dumbarton bridge does as well. let's bring in steve with today's forecast. >> thank you, sal. we were clear and now high clouds are coming in. it will be a mix of sun and higher clouds. the lows were dropping fast. they have been modified a teeny bit but still cold enough for the freeze warning to be extended to # a.m -- 9:00 a.m.
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it was originally 7:00 a.m. but it has been extended. santa rosa i'm seeing around 30 degrees. petaluma is 2. bodega bay and point reyes both in the 30s. much, much cooler in napa county and solano county because they lost the north wind. they're in the 20s and 30s. bob is heading out for fishing at shadow cliffs. it is a sultry 32. i have seen it colder than that. i did see a 29. dublin was also 29. san ramon is 29. walnut creek is in the 20s. look at martinez, pinole and el cerrito, all in the 30s. even pittsburgh at 36. it is cold here. freeze warning goes until 9:00 as we talked about. i know it is still cold, but it was colder a couple hours ago for sure. palo alto and sunnyvale, 31.
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concord says 35. there is the higher clouds. there is just a band of these. no big deal. there are breaks in the cloud. over the next few days, we will continue to see them move in. a screaming north wind yesterday around noon. kept temperatures well into the 40s for some. now it has gone calm. and that means that temperatures have really dropped. 10 up in truckee. 32 ukiah. fresno dip today 29. 38 in phoenix. that is cold on the desert. san diego, 43. yet there is still a red flag warning out for l.a. up to santa barbara. unbelievable. but that's what they're dealing with. no rain on the horizon for them or us. this will give us a lot of cloud cover but no rain except on the north coast. cloud cover on the move over the weekend. any rain should be way to the north. humboldt county maybe. after that, nothing, nothing, nothing. we have to wait until january. nothing positive for rain. 50s on the temps. each day the lows will come up because of the cloud cover and
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the high temps will slowly bump up. we may see mid-60s by the time we get to monday and tuesday. but no rain. >> thank you, steve. >> you're welcome. >> all right. the time is 7:49. a corner of san francisco's golden gate park is now named after robin williams. the parks commission renamed sharon meadow after robin williams where the comedy festival has been held over the past few years: the time is 7:49. heart break for one family brings joy for another. coming up at 8:00, how the gift of giving is allowing one 10- month-old baby to enjoy holidays at home. plus, the sports world mourning the death of broadcaster dick enberg. we will look back at his incredible career.
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social media platforms. just hashtag #ktvu on instagram, twitter or facebook. >> it is a classic. and gasia was singing. yes, she was. >> busted. >> the time is 7:52. sad story this morning. one of the greats. hall of fame sports broadcaster dick enberg has died. >> oh, my. >> that's dick enberg. oh my is what we knew him for. he died at his home in la jolla, reportedly of a heart attack. best known for saying oh my during his play by play announcing. he spent 25 years at nbc sports and espn. he was a play by play tv voice of the san diego padres but retired last year after seven seasons. family members believe he had a heart attack. the 49ers general manager tweeted earlier this morning, very sad morning, waking up to learn of the passing of broadcasting legend dick
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enberg. hailing from san diego, he was a friend to both my wife's and my family. such a kind man. prayers to his family. rest in peace, dick enberg. eric schmidt the chairman of alphabet is stepping down. the 62-year-old billionaire will become a technical adviser and will continue to sit on the board after stepping down next month. according to the company's latest proxy filings, he holds shares worth about $5 billion. a number of new state laws will take effect in the new year. passengers and drivers on tour buses will now have to wear a seat belt. starting january 1st, ammunition sales in california will have to be made through a vendor licensed by the department of justice. gun owners will also be banned from importing ammunition from outside of the state unless it
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goes through a licensed vendor first. also several new cannabis laws go into effect on january 1st. california's population has grown to almost 40 million people. new reports say california's population grew by 301,000 people to now 39.6 million. that's a growth rate of almost 1% and almost double the population of california back in 1970. of the nine bay area counties, santa clara county is the most populated, growing to 1.9 million residents this year. california also takes the top spot in the country as the most populated with a quarter of residents living in los angeles county. today is the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance under covered california. last friday was the original deadline but was extended because of a surge of demand. covered california says 10% more have signed up compared to last year. people have until midnight to
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sign up for coverage that begins january 1st. a report from the nevada's governor office shows that tesla received more than $150 million in tax breaks this fiscal year from nevada. it is all part of a deal that brought tesla's giga factory to industrial park east of sparks, nevada. tesla doesn't have to pay anything back as long as it meets its goals over ten years. it employs 1300 people who earn about $45 an hour. get ready for another busy day on the road. what you need to know if you're traveling for the christmas holiday weekend. it is cold. freezing temperatures around the bay area. but you know that. what several bay area cities are doing to keep people warm. and we don't have a lot of slow traffic out there this morning. an early holiday gift for you. at the macarthur maze, it looks good coming around the corner to the bay bridge.
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well, it is cold, as you know. but a lot of high clouds coming in. that stops us from getting colder. we will look at the temps and what is in store for the weekend.
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>> holiday travel could be that nightmare before christmas. aaa warns of grid lock -- grid lock conditions later this afternoon. it is his first legislative achievement. what we learn about the tax plan as president trump heads to vacation after signing it. mornings on 2 continues. >> this is ktvu mornings on 2. >> welcome back to mornings on
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2. 8:00 now. i'm gasia mikaelian. >> i'm cristina rendon in for mike mibach. he is warm and cozy at home. good for him. it is cold outside. let's get a look at the weather conditions. >> welcome back to the dawn patrol. >> thank you. >> all right. we do have pretty cold conditions. the higher clouds came in about 4:00, 5:00. they started to filter in. that stopped us from cooling off that much. pam says i see you elf on the shelf. pam, i have no idea what you're talking about. i have -- what elf on the shelf, pam, are you talking about says herself. all right. we will get back to it. i'll keep an eye out for t i still don't see it. thank you, pam. chloe loves cloud up in lake county. kelseyville at 21. now it is 29. clearlake is at 33 with higher clouds coming in. they are. 30s on the temps. 31 seems popular there. napa airport and sunnyvale.
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the temps have been coming up a little bit. freeze warning extended until 9:00. it was supposed to expire at 7:00. they have extended it. the clouds came in and that took the edge off. men low and woodside at 29 degrees. and pacifica is at 39. how about that, on the coast it is cool as well. atherton at 30. 29 for santa clara. 29, morgan hill. gilroy is down to 26 degrees. and lots of 20s as well in the santa cruz mountains. it is cold north to south. here cups the high cloud deck. that will filter through today. partly sunny, mostly sunny with the higher clouds. overall the clouds will be on the increase the next few days. that will allow the lows to come up a little bit going into the weekend. 50s on the highs. 8:01. it is official. it is quieter. is there anything on your -- sometimes when it is quieter, sometimes things happen. are we okay? >> i don't see anything major going on. we've seen minor problems but
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they haven't turned into big traffic jams. highway 4 has recovered. we had a stalled pickup truck out there and it caused slow traffic. once it was gone, it recovered quickly. the volume of traffic is making it easier for us. we will have more people on the road this afternoon. 80, the traditional commute is not there. 17-minute drive is unheard of unless it is a sunday morning. this is a look at 80 westbound. you can so at the bay -- you can see at the bay bridge toll plaza, it is light. that is good. it mirrors the rest of the commute. 8:02. back to the desk. >> thank you. president trump has just signed the republican tax overhaul bill. he signed that landmark legislation at the white house minutes ago. he delayed his christmas trip to florida for the signing. this is his first length tiff achievement and republicans since the president took office in january. they say it helps the middle class and creates jobs. democrats however say it benefits the wealthy and
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corporations at the expense of lower and middle class families. air force one is preparing to take off as the president heads out of the white house. i believe he will be spending the holiday at his home in florida. so certainly we do expect to see the president on the move very soon this morning. in the meantime congress has passed another stop gap spending measure to avert a government shutdown. most federal agencies would have run out of funding and shut down tonight at midnight. it is a temporary spending bill that provides short-term funding for the chip program. it provides almost 9 million low income children with medical care. it adds money for the pentagon and veterans. the bill is known as cr, continuing resolution. >> let's call this cr for what it is. a chaotic retreat from rational regular order and fiscal responsibility. >> play politics on tax cuts. call it whatever you want to call it.
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play politics on all of the other legislation that comes to this floor. but if i can request one thing, please don't do it here. >> the bill does not address many issues that the democrats hoped to resolve before the new year, including an extension for 800,000 young undocumented immigrants under daca, the deferred action for childhood arrivals program that expires in march. a lot of people are trying to get home or away for the holidays. according to aaa, san francisco could be the most grid locked city during the holiday season. leigh martinez is live in pleasant hill monitoring the traffic on interstate 680. good morning, leigh. >> reporter: good morning. aaa is warning everybody that your drive today will be typically twice as long than a usual rush hour here in the bay area. we are looking at 680 south
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right now and it doesn't look that bad. some people in the starbucks parking lot said they were pleasantly surprised the traffic was moving as well as it is. you are advised to get on the road early or just after the morning rush hour to start your commute because traffic will be worse this afternoon. today will match yesterday as the busiest travel days for the christmas holiday. check out the evening rush hour at the bay bridge on thursday. brace yourself for a repeat of that again tonight. it looks like heavy holiday travel as soon as people are getting off of work. now, one mother left vallejo this morning to head to san diego. she worries about the commute along with the southern california wildfires. >> with my little kids, i am worried. hopefully we make it there. >> reporter: we can't stress enough how important it is to remain patient and vigilant on
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the roads. over the thanksgiving holiday, chp says that 76 people were killed in car crashes across the state. now, tonight chp's maximum enforcement patrols will begin at 6:00 p.m. so, again, you're taking a look at 680 south, just outside of pleasant hill here. traffic is not looking as bad as we have seen it before. and, again, people are pleasantly surprised how light traffic seems, considering that they figured there would be a lot of holiday travelers out there tonight. if you can wait until christmas day to do your holiday traveling, we're told that is the best time to go because there will be few drivers out on the roads. push it to the last minute, we recommend that you do that. >> thank you so much for that report from pleasant hill. if you're getting ready to hit the road, here is a quick look what you will have to pay on average to fill up your gas tank. aaa says the average price in
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san francisco is $3.25. today is expected to be one of the busiest air travel days. oakland international is expected to see a 7% increase in travelers from last year with 750,000 people passing through the airport from now until january 1st. oakland is not alone. airports across the bay area are expecting huge crowds today. aaa says 6.4 million americans are expected to pass through airports across the country this holiday season. it is expected to be the busiest on record. sfo had its busiest day yesterday. big crowds are expected again today because of the holiday rush. they estimate 169,000 passengers went through the airport yesterday. that's about the population of berkeley, emryville and albany combined. and those big crowds led to some serious lines. >> it snaked all the way to the back. i don't know. how many people would you say? a thousand people waiting in line. i don't know. >> usually it is like a breeze
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at san francisco airport. >> they got us moving now. so we will see how it goes. >> meanwhile the highway patrol is also asking people who are driving to their destinations to be careful on the roads this holiday season. nationwide the tsa expects 40 million people to go through airport security this holiday season. it is prepared, getting 1400 more officers to work at the 50 busiest airports. tsa is using overtime and extra hours for part-time agents to fill the positions. they are also using more k-9 teams to speed up the security lines. our question of the day is what you enjoy the most about the holidays. 65% say spending time with family. 4% say the shopping deals. 20% say you don't like the holidays. let us know what you think by voting on twitter or ktvu.com. or if there is something else that you love about this time of year, please let us know. tweet us your comments. an investigation into several suspicious fires in antioch. coming up at 8:30, we will tell you where they happened and the
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search for the suspected arsonist. more progress in the recovery progress following the north bay wildfires. what pg&e could do in the neighborhoods hit the hardest. good morning. you can see traffic this morning is going to be okay if you are driving on most of the major roads. 80 westbound, for example, looks good heading out to the maze. well, a few high clouds visiting. overall, mostly sunny. we will see what is in store for the weekend, if there is any rain or snow in the extended outlook.
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>> right now the thomas fire is about 65% contained. only a remote wilderness valley is under evacuation orders. it burned 425 square miles. officials say it is on the verge of becoming the largest fire ever in california. it is responsible for two deaths and the destruction of 750 homes. here at home, pg&e is making some progress in fire ravaged communities in the north bay. officials say all of the temporary overhead power lines in coffey park will be replaced today. they have installed 226 poles and 155 transformers in the santa rosa neighborhood that
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lost an estimated 1,000 homes during the tubbs fire that started back on october 9th. pg&e crews are also building temporary overhead power lines in the mark west estates where power should be back on after the new year. california is asking insurance companies to relax some of the rules when determining the amount of property losses they will cover. homeowners that lost everything in the fires are complaining they have been force today put down all of the items they lost in a detailed inventory list. residents say that is difficult to do and time consuming. the state insurance commissioner wants that to be waived while speeding up the payout to claims. the government did not pass an $81 billion disaster bill that would have helped the wildfire victims. it was designed to help hurricane victims in texas, florida and puerto rico and those affected by the wildfires here in california. the measure cleared the house
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but stalled in the senate despite i am passioned speeches from delegates representing those states. >> hurricane harvey was the costliest disaster this year and may prove to be the most costly in united states history. >> we still need washington to october on the pressing needs of houstonians. we need it to flow down to the local communities. >> the $81 billion aid package was attacked from both sides. dranks said the -- democrats said the measure was not enough. last night the chinese community held a vigil for the late mayor ed lee. it was a loud thank you to the late mayor. organizers say this was an opportunity for the many chinese immigrants and senior citizens that the mayor helped
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in his years of service. >> ed was definitely a role model. ed was a friend. ed was a mentor. and just as a young attorney coming up and trying to do right by the community. >> in his quiet, humble way, he was able to bring the city together to focus on the issues and not on the politics. >> people at the vigil said their hearts are heavy but spirits are lifted by his hope and community activism. they plan on burying mayor ed lee's ashes in colma. the family released a statement as follows. this has been one of the most difficult times of o you are lives and your flowers, cards,
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tributes, prayers and donations in ed lee's name have meant so much to us. on ktvu.com, you will find more video from the celebration of life and a look back at his career in politics. just scroll down to the ed lee section on the home page. now, sal, is the time to drive from oakland to san francisco. it is never like this at 8:00 on a busy commute morning. >> that's right. actually it's lighter than it was yesterday. but yesterday at this time it had already lightened up. maybe you're just joining us now. it is the second straight day for you of light traffic in the 8:00 hour. let's look at highway 24 westbound. it looks good up to the caldecott tunnel. once you get through, if you're going to the macarthur maze, it has been a nice drive. at the bay bridge, as gasia mentioned, it is a nice drive. if you're doing shopping or going to the airport, it should be nice from oakland down to san francisco and san bruno. if you're on the peninsula or
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getting to it from hayward, it looks good over to san mateo and highway 101. looking at the freeways you can see how slow it usually is compared to today. it is much lighter than usual all over the valley too. 8:17. let's bring in steve with today's weather. >> thank you, sal. very, very cold temps for a while and then they went up a couple of degrees. still plenty of 20s and some 30s under mostly sunny skies. this initial band is moving through right now. then mostly sunny skies to deal with. over the weekend, clouds will be on the move here. dogs in, horses didn't want to go out. can't say i blame them. temperatures on the peninsula quite cold here. woodside, 29. menlo park, 29. los altos in there. it is close for others. fremont and pacifica at 39. san mateo is at 35 degrees. lots of 31s in here. sunnyvale is in there. livermore. fairfield made it down to 26. napa airport made it to 27.
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now we're seeing more 30s because we're get a little heat here. 30s on the temps here. half moon bay made it to 39. freeze warning goes until 9:00. it was originally supposed to end at 7:00. even around the bay, tiburon is at 39. a couple observations in oakland at 37 and 38. alameda at 39 cold degrees. san francisco made it to 42.7 officially. 43 in other locations. there is your higher clouds coming in. again, i think that stopped the cooling, if you will, even though it is cold enough. they will be on the move here. the system will drag across high and mid level clouds going through saturday and sunday. there is no rain in it. no rain next week. we have to wait until january. good luck to us on that. 50s and 60s for the temps. the lows will be inching up over the next few days and the cloud cover will be on the move as well. it's just cloud cover. you're good to travel.
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>> looks good and sounds good. >> there you go. >> thanks, steve. >> you bet. heart break for one family brings joy for another. how the gift of giving is allowing a 10-month-old to enjoy the holidays at home.
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pulling on the reins ♪ ♪ >> i don't have to tell you who it is. >> is it ken wayne. >> very good. that is an inside joke. ken wayne is a huge elvis presley fan. >> and he sings like elvis. >> this is here comes santa claus by elvis presley. that's the name of their twitter account. you can also give us one more request. i have one more slot for you. facebook, instagram, twitter with #ktvu. christmas songs only. >> just ahead of monday's christmas game between the warriors and the cleveland cavaliers. the nba is warping about fake tickets. only buy tickets from the team or ticket master. 17 people were counterfeit tickets were denied access to the game on wednesday. fans risk spending a lot of money and getting scammed if
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they go through a nonverified third party ticket broker. warriors will trying to make it 11 in a row when they host the lakers tonight. they played each other monday night with the warriors winning in overtime. then they snapped the rockets 14-game winning streak. draymond green is expected to play tonight. he was out with a shoulder injury. the game starts at 7:30. a 10-month-old boy from sacramento will be home for the holidays after a life-saving implant. he just received a new liver. max has the story. >> hi, baby. >> reporter: perched in his father's arms with his mother just a few inches away, noah hernandez let's you know he is a happy and more importantly healthy baby. >> this has been his personality the entire time. >> reporter: it didn't have to be. this 10-month-old is here at home after overcoming some very tough odds. >> we thought we had a happy
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baby. we made the most of what we could. looking back, we realize how difficult it was and it wasn't normal what we were going there. >> reporter: at four months old, raymond and melissa learned their son was suffering from a rare and fatal liver disease and he would eventually need a liver transplant. they would move their lives from sacramento to stanford medical center where he would undergo a procedure to delay the transplant. >> his skin wasn't yellow anymore. he came out well. two weeks later, he started going downhill again. >> reporter: noah returned to the hospital, eventually going to intensive care. >> they intubated him. they put him on life support because because his liver was failing. >> reporter: on august 24th, as doctors searched for a suitable transplant, noah was baptized. >> i think it was around 5:30, 6:00. >> uh-huh. >> and it was 9:30 when we received the call.
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>> the next day. >> the following day. >> the following day. >> that they had -- they had found a donor. a suitable match. >> reporter: hours later, noah received that liver transplant. the donor, a teenage boy. that's all they have been told. but his family's decision to donate saved noah's life. >> spending christmas with him. >> that's all that matter snooze now the family gives thanks to that donor's family, a family grieving the loss of a loved one as they cherish the life of their son. >> gosh. every single day. 8:25 here. freezing temperatures across the bay area. with several bay area agencies and cities trying to keep everyone warm. >> reporter: a series of fires in antioch. authorities are looking to see if they are connected. today we've had a pretty good start to the traveling. i would like to call it a travel commute instead of just
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like a morning commute. but we will let you know what is likely to happen later today. what is happening later today is temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. but the lows were very cold this morning. we will look at some of those. subpoena some are still below freezing.
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well it's a perfect nespresso hold on a second.orge. mmm. ♪ [mel torme sings "comin' home baby"] hey there. want a lift? ♪ where are we going? no don't tell me. let me guess. ♪ have a nice ride. ♪ how far would you go for coffee that's a cup above? i brought you nespresso. nespresso. what else? >> at 8:28, welcome back to mornings on 2. i'm gasia mikaelian. >> i'm cristina rendon in for mike mibach this morning. a freeze warning will be in effect for at least another half hour. it was supposed to expire at 7:00 this morning but was extended until 9:00. steve paulson has been telling us all morning that temperatures have been below or around freezing, in the 20s,
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30s and 40s. according to the national weather service, the freeze warning is in effect in inland locations and along the san francisco bayshore line. relief shelters are opening up in the bay area, including warming centers in san jose. city is turning a dance studio at the roosevelt community center into one of four warming centers that will be open overnight through next tuesday as temperatures fall to 40 degrees or lower. send it over to steve paulson. it was cold this morning. i woke up in pleasant hill, it was very cold. >> very cold. we are beginning to warm up a teeny bit. the low clouds are helping a little bit. bill says a good frosty morning from is he bat at the from sebastopol. low 30s for many. even tiburon is at 38. sausalito checked in with their
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first below 40 temp as well. many locations are quite cold this morning. the higher cloud deck helped a little bit. 30s for many now. we are ever so slowly bouncing back up on the temps. the freeze warning goes for another half hour or so. 14 degrees cooler in livermore at this time than it was yesterday. fairfield is down 13. at one time they were down 20 because they lost that northerly breeze. higher clouds and a mix of sun. temperatures in the 50s overall. the high clouds will filter in over the next few days. no rain associated with it. 50s on the highs. 8:30. sal, anything or just kind of quiet? >> well, it's quiet. it's going to be a little faster out there. so don't be lulled into going too fast. you might get in trouble. keep it within the speed limit. this is a look at 280 though. you will see traffic is going to be okay getting up to highway 17. as a matter of fact, it looks really good driving through one of the busiest interchanges in
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the silicon valley. i think a lot of people today are not going to work. i would say a lot fewer people are going to work. i'm sure there are people going to work. i'm here. steve is here. gasia, everybody. but for the most part, some of these office campuses here in the silicon valley are empty today. this is a look at highway 101. 92, that looks good. if you're driving to the airport, 101 is a good way to get there. here is a look at the san mateo bridge getting over to the peninsula and coming back looks good. here on 880, it is lighter than usual in front of the coliseum and at the bay bridge toll plaza. at 8:31, let's go back to the desk. >> thank you, sal. here is a look at the top stories we're following this morning. here is advise of president trump announcing the signing of the landmark tax reform bill. >> this is something that republicans wanted for years and democrats wanted for years but yet it never got done. who would object to trillions of dollars being brought back
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into our country? nobody. >> the 1.5 trillion dollars tax bill was approved by the senate earlier this year. democrats said it benefited the rich and big corporations at the expense of middle class and lower income families. some bay area roads will be congested today as people begin their christmas weekend. some people hit the roads last night, in hopes of beating the traffic. adam housley says that aaa predicts this is the ninth straight year that holiday travel is up. >> reporter: plenty of cars already on the road as the busy holiday travel season kicks off. more than 107 million americans are expected to hit the roads, rails and airports between now and january 1st, a new record. the vast majority will be driving. and winter storms are threatening to slow these folks down with 22 states from the rockies down to texas and east to maine under snow and flood alerts. >> the weather can be unpredictable. we want drivers to be prepared to driver in whatever conditions they might wake up to.
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>> trying to get home and enjoy the holidays. probably slow things down and get out early and head back and get in the house. >> reporter: it is just as crowded at major airports across the country. long lines at security check points being reported from new york to los angeles. for some passengers, just getting to the airport was a challenge, while others were shocked by the wait times once they got inside. >> there was a ton of traffic just getting with the shuttle to get here was a bunch of traffic. we don't usually have that. >> it snaked all the way to the back. how many people would you say? a thousand people waiting in line. >> reporter: airport staff doing their best to keep things moving as smoothly as possible. >> travel can be really stressful. so we have increased staff to make sure that we can get people through the security check points. >> reporter: if you're one of the 97 million americans hitting the roadways this holiday season, the gas price is down. along the 405 freeway where
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people are probably heading to the bay area, i'm adam housley, ktvu fox 2 news. several suspicious fires in antioch are being investigated as arson. they started last night within minutes of each other, just blocks apart. >> ktvu's christien kafton report that's one building has not the target of arson before. >> reporter: take a look at the damage to the building behind me. in fact the business had to move because of a series of fires. they already had two suspicious fires here in june and october. that prompted the business to close its doors. then there was last night's fires. this is the latest in a series of fires going back at an accelerating rate. neighbors were on scene last night and shot cell phone video of the fire. crews were on their way to a call at mcdill just a few blocks from the current location and they received additional calls about additional fires. in all, six fires. at this time it appears that
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all of the buildings were abandoned. that may be why no one was reported injured. people living and working here in antioch say there appears to be a serial arsonist at work. >> sure. these businesses are, you know, people we know. you know, they're families supporting families, selling their flowers or whatever it is. somebody takes their livelihood away. >> it is frustrating. >> yeah. it is. >> reporter: as you heard, just this week, there were two other suspicious fires. one in a dumpster pushed up against a florist. and a fire at a church. all of those happening on a street. investigators now working to determine how and if all of these fires could possibly be related. in antioch, christien kafton, ktvu fox 2 news. now to new information an a deadly friday crash we brought to you as breaking news yesterday on mornings on 2. the man died when his car collided with a fedex big rig.
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he was an off duty ups driver. this happened just before 3:00 a.m. on 880 near the coliseum in oakland. paramedics and firefighters tried to save the driver but he died at the scene. the fedex truck overturned during the crash that prompted a shutdown of the southbound lanes on 880 for five hours so crews could clear the scene and investigate. there was also a third vehicle involved in the crash. so far they have not released more information on what happened. a sergeant accused of firing shots inside of a san francisco hoe telephone last sunday is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon. he was arrested after being accused of firing several shots in the four seasons hotel. witnesses say the off duty sergeant was acting strangely before the shooting and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. no one was hurt by the gunfire. a teacher in concord at a program for developmentally disabled adults was arrested and accused of having sex with
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one of his students. gonzales taught through the mount diablo school district adult education department. the alleged victim is an adult with a mental capacity of a young teenager. gonzales is being held on $2 million bail and was placed on administrative leave. iphone users are now suing apple because of them slowing down the phones when the batteries were worn out. they say they never consented to apple to slow down the older iphones. apple insisted it is not slowing them down to get people to buy newer models. it is possible to buy a new battery for the older iphones at a cost of $70. kohl's stores will stay open 24 hours until 6:00 p.m. christmas eve. toys r us will stay open around the clock until 9:00 p.m. on christmas eve. tomorrow, saturday, is expected to be one of the biggest
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shopping days of the year. the national retail federation says some 126 million people are expected to be out shopping. along with shopping, people spreading cheer across the bay areament we will show you how one security guard for the oakland raiders is carrying on a tradition at fairy land in oakland. this no doubt has something to do with the holidays coming up. it has been very light on the commutes. this morning, anyway. tell you what we're expecting later today. plenty of 20s and 30s this morning. a few high clouds came in. it looks like a dry forecast. we will see if the cold temps will continue.
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♪[music] ♪[music] ♪have a holly jolly christmas ♪ ♪ it's the best time of the year ♪ ♪ >> i like this song. it was requested by gary white off of our twitter page. he did the right thing. he hashtagged ktvu and want today hear this song. thank you all for requesting your songs today. we always have fun with traffic jams. when we do these things, the best way to get ahold of us is
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send us a message by hashtagging ktvu. >> thank you, sal. today is the annual toy give away at sacred heart in san jose. it started yesterday with thousands of families picking out new toys and gifts. the families signed up for the give away earlier this month. organizers are still accepting donation because as of last night they were about 1500 toys short. sacred heart also needs volunteers both now and into next month. in addition to handing out toys, organizers are holding a rafael to give away bicycles. as a reminder, our one warm coat collection drive is going on right now. donate a new or gently used coat, sweater or other winter items at several drop-off locations in the bay area. as well as ups stores and big o tires. you can also donate anywhere at one of those locations.
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there is a new santa bringing children joy at fairy land in oakland. >> paul chambers spoke to the man who is proud to wear the red suit and honor the man who did it before him for nearly 20 years. >> reporter: it is that time of year that we all like to see santa. >> merry christmas. >> reporter: and here at children's fairy land in oakland, it is no different. children flock around the man in the red suit. >> santa. >> it makes it all worth while it. i could do it every day all year round. >> reporter: when he isn't dressed, he looks like this. eric martin is in his first full year as santa. for 20 years, ron was the beloved black santa. earlier this year he died and martin took his place. >> it is a blessing to be able to honor ron at fairy land in this wonderful way. >> reporter: although martin is the new black santa. >> i had to stop and shed a tear.
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it hit me, the power of santa claus. >> all right. >> reporter: he sees things a little differently. for him playing santa is a way to bring different races and backgrounds together. >> give them a different perspective. that santa is not one way or one color. >> reporter: martin hopes those that see him don't focus on the color of his skin but for the message and the power that santa brings. >> santa is just santa claus. he is just santa. at the same time i have never seen a black santa or an asian santa or hispanic santa. it is a special role. >> reporter: a role that martin takes pride in. for nine days, he dons the red suit. as we found out, getting into it is not easy. martin, i mean santa, even needs a little h once he is dressed and ready, that's when the real magic happens. >> you were telling me about a kid touching your skin. >> yeah. >> what happened with that. >> they were sitting there. a tot about three or four years old and he said are you real?
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i said i'm real. i'm real. it was so cute. >> reporter: although he only gets to play this role once a year, the smiles and joy that he gets to see is well worth it. >> if you want an opportunity to see santa, come down to fairy land in oakland. he is here between 5:00 to 7:00 every day until saturday. paul chambers, ktvu fox 2 news. the military is using technology to update the santa tracking techniques. norad tracks santa as he makes his way around the world each christmas eve. they have a website, an app and call center. you can follow him on alexa and on star as well. we love to see your holiday photos. please share them with us on the ktvu facebook or tweet them to us using the #ktvu. we would be happy to share your photo on christmas morning. let me give you a preview of one of the ktvu's family favorite photos. you have little riley.
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not too excited about visiting with santa. i don't know if you call this a santa fail. in my book, riley has an adorable reaction. the picture is great. >> santa has an adorable reaction too. >> this is a christmas tree. she is the darling daughter of one of our producers. thank you for sending us your photos by using the hashtag tvu. we loved hearing all of the christmas music this morning, sal. how are the roads looking, sal. >> they are looking good. steve loves this too. let's go to what i have up on my maps. there is a plane landing right now. there we go. it is landing on runway 30 right. and that is the theme of today. people are traveling on airplanes and buses and cars. so normally we show you 280 san jose with this picture. but this morning, we have the planes. that is a cool shot. we can show you 280 san
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jose a little farther up. it is completely light. no major problems. and traffic is looking good in the silicon valley. look at the road sensors here all firing up green which means that speeds are at or near the limit. i don't see a lot of red. a little bit of slowing on southbound 101 approaching the san bruno airport. just a little bit. san mateo bridge looks all right as well heading out to the highrise. no problems in the east bay this morning as traffic has cleared up everywhere. at 8:47, let's go back to steve with today's weather. >> sal, hang in there for ten seconds. we will go to a tweet from bruno from san bruno -- or from palo alto. >> yes, sir. >> we will show it in a second. you and sal are having too much fun with this red elf. i have no idea what the viewers are talking about. >> i don't e. >> what is going on? thank you, bruno. i have no idea what elf you're talking about. oh, that. 32 palo alto.
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finally got through the balmy 32 mark. there they were at 33. i know woodside was 29. menlo park was 29. los al toes was. now they're a very balmy 30, and 32. foster city is 37. a good friend of mine, he is out near atherton. dan. he will probably text me and let me know how cold it is. how cold is it in menlo park and atherton. 42 in pacifica and daly city. antonio our observer said 39. there were cold readings even on the coast. pinole made it down to 31 this morning. hercules was 34. a lot of upper 20s around dublin, pleasanton and even pittsburgh checking in in the upper 30s. quite cold. we are slowly warming up a teeny bit. half moon bay was in the 30s. but 30s will stay with us. and the higher clouds, we can't warm up fast. freeze warning is probably over by now. extends until 9:00.
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they extended it from 7:00 to 9:00 because it was so cold. a filtering effect here with the higher clouds. they will continue to break through. we will have mostly sunny skies today. over time, over the weekend, those will continue to manufacture in here. it will allow the lows to come up a teeny bit. any rain? no. i don't see anything through the end of december to be honest. cold morning. mostly sunny. 50s on the temps. it is quite cool. higher clouds will continue to work their way in, christina. but it looks dry if anybody is traveling. >> hohoho. >> i love that santa. >> heading into sunday night and monday. >> thanks, steve. >> you bet. the sports world is mourning the loss of dick enberg this morning. we will look back at his career coming up after the break.
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>> welcome back. hall of fame sports broadcaster dick enberg has died. he passed away last night at his home in la jolla reportedly of a heart attack. he was best known for saying oh my during his play by play.
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he spent 25 years at nbc sports and worked at cbs and espn as well. he was the play by play tv voice of the padres but retired last year after seven seasons with the team. family members believe he had a heart attack. the 49ers general manager tweeted this morning, sad morning waking up to learn of the passing of dick enberg. hailing from san diego, he was a friend to my wife's and my family and such a kind man. prayers to his family. rest in peace, dick enberg. the san francisco symphony has cut ties with the famed conductor after being accused of sexual assault. three opera singers and a classical musician told the associated press that they were sexually assaulted between 1985 and 2010. he was the artistic director and principal conductor of london's philharmonic orchestra. this morning the orchestra said he was released from duties while the reports are being
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investigated. before the allegations, he was also schedule today be a guest conductor for the san francisco symphony for two weeks in april. he has not responded to the allegations so far. berkeley police want your help in finding a man accused of sexual battery against a woman jogger earlier this month. authorities have released these images of the suspect. investigators say he tried to grab the jogger along 9th street near hines avenue in berkeley aquatic park. police say the woman did not need to go to the hospital and had never seen the man before. santa rosa police are searching for a man who stabbed another man last night at a restaurant just before 6:30. officers responded to lol a's market. that market has a restaurant in it. police say this man captured on surveillance video got up from where he was in the restaurant and walked over to the table where another man was sitting and stabbed him in the neck. police say two men -- the two men had not spoken to each
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other and they don't know the motive for the attack. the stabbing suspect ran off. the victim was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. anyone with information on the case is asked to call santa rosa police. the corner of golden gate park is now named after robin williams. williams was a big supporter of the annual free comedy day in the park. it has been held at sharon meadow for 20 years. back in september when the city announced the plan, mayor ed lee said it was fitting to name the field after williams because he brought so much light into the world. well, a marine veteran deported to mexico 15 years ago is now back in the u.s. marco chavez crossed the border into san diego county yesterday. he first came to the u.s. in 1973 when he was just six months old. he received a green card in 1989 through the reagan administration's amnesty program. he sent four years with the marines and received an honorable discharge.
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earlier this year, governor jerry brown pardoned chavez for a 1998 conviction for animal cruelty. chavez will move to iowa and try to rebuild a relationship with his children. still to come, if you own a rental property in tahoe, you will want to listen up. how a crackdown could lead to people losing their permits. my wish was a clubhouse,
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but we call it "the wish house." people visit national parks from all over the world. food tastes better when you don't have to cook it. he was just supposed to be my dog. i don't know why. (vo) we're proud that, on behalf of our owners, the subaru share the love event will have donated over one hundred fifteen million dollars in just ten years. get 0% financing for 63 months on select models.
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plus we'll donate $250 to charity. several news - - new laws take effect in the near. starting january 1, ammunition sales will have to be made through a vendor relicensed the department of justice. gun owners will be banned from importing ammunitions from outside of the state. several cannabis laws will go into effect january 1. population has grown to 40 million people. california's population by 301,000 people to 39.6 million.
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a growth rate a 1% and double the population of california from back in 1970. of the nine counties, santa clara is the most populated going from 1.9 million this year. california takes top five is the most populated, quarter of the residents living in los angeles county. salt lake tahoe cracks down on homes. the city can revoke permits for rental properties that receive two citations in 2 years. so far the city has issued 40 notification letters to vacation homes that have one or two citations. it also carries a $1000 fine for property owners and the guests. loud noises, trash and too many occupants. you have to respect the neighborhoods. locals don't appreciate loud
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noise after 10 or 11. enforcement officers had been hired to deal with the vacation rentals. last friday was the original deadline but was extended the cause of the surge in demand. more than 220,000 signed up since open enrollment began. it reflects about 10% jump from the same time last year. people have until midnight to sign up begin - - for coverage that begins january 1. the tax breaks are part of the deal that bought tesla factory. it doesn't have to pay anything back as long as it continues to meet annual goals toward the total investment of $3.5 billion over 10 years.
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it employs more than 1300 people who earn an average wage of $45 an hour. today at nine, meet some of the drug sniffing dogs looking for work now that recreational marijuana is becoming legal in california. we introduce you to numb to artists who lost everything in the north bay fires and working to rebuild now. advertisers idea and the holiday cocktail with christmas celebrations right around the corner. welcome to the nine on this day, that kicks off a long holiday weekend for many. this time tomorrow union square in san francisco will be mass. fun things we're doing in the city and we're taking the bart. i will not fight for a parking spot. a lot of people will - - it's fun right? >>

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